June Knight; Performer in Stage, Film Musicals
June Knight, who studied dancing as a youngster to bolster her frail legs and ended up as a featured player in many Broadway shows and films of the 1930s, died Tuesday.
Miss Knight was 74 and died of complications from a stroke she suffered several weeks ago.
She had retired from the entertainment industry in 1949 after marrying Lockheed Aircraft executive Carl B. Squier, said her current husband, Jack Buhler, who married her in 1969, two years after Squier’s death.
Miss Knight appeared in children’s revues in Los Angeles and then teamed with Jack Holland to dance at a series of hotels across the state.
Florenz Ziegfeld signed her for his “Hot Cha” musical on Broadway, and she later appeared in other New York productions before signing a contract with Universal Studios in the 1930s.
Over the years, she was seen on screen in “Take a Chance,” “Wake Up and Dream,” “Broadway Melody of 1936" and other low-budget musicals.
Her last Broadway appearance was in “The Would-Be Gentlemen” with Bobby Clark, and she toured with Clark in “Sweethearts” shortly before retiring.